Under the impression that demands for their services, such as they can be said to exist, include the charge of guiding the actions of individuals who, for good or bad, operate with different aims or under different values, municipal politicians are typically unable to do more than issue media-friendly civic disapprovals of unsocial activities like gun violence where the regulatory and punitive facilities lie outside their jurisdictions. This usually results in no more than wasted newsprint and reporters' time.
There are too many weapons on London streets, Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco warned the police services board[…]Unfortunately for the citizens of Toronto, the banalities of mayor David Miller suggest something else:
“If you're arrested for possession of an illegal gun, you should be treated exactly the same way” as if the weapon were used, he said.Do you think, David Miller? With this kind of apparatchik lack of imagination, regulatory infractions — for example, not abiding by the gun registry — would achieve the status of crimes. I could hope that the mayor of Toronto look to Anne Marie DeCicco for inspiration and confine his attempts to appear to be doing something to mouthing impotent opprobriums.
David Miller quote via Jay Jardine.
Update: From Jerry Aldini:
Toronto Mayor David Miller mused a couple of weeks ago that law-abiding gun owners should be forced to store their firearms in a central depot. I wonder if Torontonians are more, or less, enthusiastic about this idea after watching TV the past few days?
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Wednesday, August 31, 2005